For three straight seasons, Kentucky’s road to the Final Four might be less than a mile.
The NCAA announced on Thursday that Rupp Arena will be a women’s basketball regional tournament host in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Based on the tournament rules as they work now, if Kentucky is one of the top 16 seeds, the Cats could host the first two rounds of the tournament on their home floor (Memorial Coliseum) and then their regional would be at the downtown venue.
As long as UK doesn’t play three or more games at Rupp Arena in 2016, 2017 or 2018, it would still be considered a neutral site, NCAA spokesman Rick Nixon confirmed.
It will be the first women’s basketball championship games since the Final Four was hosted at Rupp Arena since 1986.
The Rupp Arena regionals are scheduled for March 25-28 in 2016, March 24-27 in 2017 and March 23-26 in 2018, according to the release.